Man accused of assault, resisting arrest
A 51-year-old California man was being held on $7,000 bail at the Lahaina Police Station on Monday morning for hitting a police officer with a body board and resisting arrest Friday, police said Monday.
Christopher Coggin of Washington, Calif., was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, police records show.
Police said patrol officers were called at 5:46 p.m. Friday to check on the welfare of the man, who was at a Kaanapali condominium. When officers were making the check, the man allegedly got a body board and struck an officer, who suffered injuries, police said.
Police did not immediately have information on the type of injuries but said the officer was treated at the hospital but not admitted.
Firefighters extinguish Lahaina blazes
LAHAINA - Fire crews took about two hours to extinguish four brush fires all within close proximity to each other in Lahaina on Sunday night, fire officials said.
The cause of the fires on Hokiokio Place was undetermined. No one was injured, and there were no monetary losses, fire officials said.
In total, about 1 acre of brush was scorched by the fires, which were reported at 7:14 p.m. Sunday. The blazes were called under control at 8:10 p.m. and extinguished at 9:15 p.m.
The Lahaina engine, ladder and tanker crews, the Napili engine and minitruck, and the Kahului water tanker all responded to the fires.
Lahaina man held on charge of theft
A 30-year-old Lahaina man was being held on $5,000 bail at the Lahaina Police Station on Monday morning for possessing stolen items, police said.
Cory B. Griffin was charged with second-degree theft, records show.
Police said Griffin allegedly tried to pawn a stolen iPhone at a pawnshop.
Police said the phone apparently had been taken from the Kapalua Dive Co. shop that had been burglarized between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.
Police said they were still investigating the burglary case, and Griffin was not charged in the burglary.
Police said sunglasses, an iPhone and a laptop computer were stolen from the shop but the sunglasses were recovered.
Staff training to close offices Wednesday
The Department of Finance will close all of its divisions Wednesday for staff training.
The finance divisions involved include Accounts/Payroll, Central Purchasing, Motor Vehicles & Licensing, Treasury, Real Property Tax and Risk Management.
All division offices will reopen Thursday.
For more information, call Dee Dee Thyssen at 270-7476 before Wednesday.
Psychologist to discuss managing stress
A child and family psychologist will speak on managing stress Wednesday at the Mental Health America annual meeting and potluck.
Santo Triolo will discuss "Managing Stress: A New Perspective" at the free event at the Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St. He is with the state Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. The gathering also will be an opportunity to learn about the nonprofit organization.
The potluck begins at 5 p.m. and the lecture at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Robert A. Collesano, director of Mental Health America on Maui, at 242-6461 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canoe club hosting Christmas tree sale
Na Kai 'Ewalu Canoe Club is hosting a Christmas tree sale near its hale, located at Hoaloha Park (on Kaahumanu Avenue between Puunene and Lono avenues) from 3 to 9 p.m. through Friday.
The club is selling noble and Douglas fir trees from a small, family-owned farm in Molalla, Ore., according to a news release.
The 5-to 9-foot trees are going for $50 to $80.
All proceeds will benefit the club's Koa Canoe Campaign, which seeks to replace a vessel destroyed by fire 16 years ago.
Whale awareness review for ocean users
A free training program for all types of ocean users about being aware of whales and how to respond when the animals become tangled in debris will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops.
The "Be Whale Aware" program will include a review of federal laws regarding approaches to humpback whales as well as the Pacific Whale Foundation's "Be Whale Aware" guidelines, which include recommendations on vessel speeds and whale-watching techniques that minimize disturbances to whales.
Attendees also will receive large whale disentanglement first responder training presented by Ed Lyman, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's marine mammal response manager. This training will revisit the important roles that the tour industry and other ocean users can safely play in supporting disentanglement efforts, review some past rescues, and answer attendees' questions.
To learn more, call the Pacific Whale Foundation at 856-8322 or send email to email@example.com.
Legislative session topic of KIRC meeting
The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission will discuss the upcoming legislative session at its meeting at 8 a.m. Monday on Oahu.
The commission will meet in the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Boardroom, Room 130, 1151 Punchbowl St.
Those interested in offering testimony on agenda items may submit copies of their testimony to the executive director by mail at 811 Kolu St., Suite 201,Wailuku 96793 or by faxing 243-5885 at least 48 hours before the meeting. Oral testimony will be accepted at the meeting as well, subject to limitations by the chairperson.